W. L. Gore & Associates CEO Terri Kelly named W. P. Carey 2018 Executive of the Year

TEMPE, AZ (April 06, 2018) — Terri Kelly, a global business leader with 35 years of experience working in a team-based, highly collaborative culture will be awarded the 2018 Executive of the Year Award by Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business. The award honors business leaders who have created and sustained superior organization performance, and whose presence exemplifies a model for future business leaders.

In recognition of Kelly’s proven performance as president and CEO of W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., the global materials science company perhaps best known for its GORE-TEX fabrics products — the school will honor her at a luncheon at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort on April 12.

"It's an honor to recognize Terri Kelly as this year's Executive of the Year," says W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Amy Hillman. "Gore's distinct culture and non-hierarchical leadership model speaks volumes about her innate capabilities and presence, but also reveals how she has been able to lead Gore to a position of great strength and innovation in the market. I'm really looking forward to hearing her insights."

Kelly started at Gore as an associate in 1983, right after graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in mechanical engineering. She became CEO in 2005 after 22 years with the company.

Kelly’s leadership abilities have driven her success at Gore, known for its entrepreneurial spirit and team-based work environment. Leadership roles at Gore are influenced by associate feedback, and peer assessments help determine compensation. The company employs approximately 9,500 associates in more than 20 countries. Gore has maintained a significant presence in Arizona for more than 50 years with operations in Flagstaff and Phoenix.

In her early years with the company, Kelly gained experience as a product specialist with the military fabrics business – a unit she eventually led, helping it grow from a small startup venture into a leading producer of protective apparel products for the global armed forces.

Kelly, who recently announced her retirement from Gore lives in Delaware with her husband and four children. Kelly will continue to serve on the company’s board through July.

Kelly is the 35th Executive of the Year chosen by the Dean’s Council, a national group of prominent executives who advise the W. P. Carey School of Business.

The event, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is part of the annual Economic Club of Phoenix speaker series.

About the W. P. Carey School of Business

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top ranked business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and include over 50 National Merit Scholars. For more information, please visit wpcarey.asu.edu.

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Rebecca Ferriter, W. P. Carey School of Business

By Rebecca Ferriter

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